Does LG Tribute Empire have IR Blaster, NFC, MHL, Mirroring?

LG Tribute is an entry-level series in Sprint’s Prepaid lineup. Tribute Phones offer the bare basic features at a throwaway price. Tribute Empire is no exception. It just gets the job done. You cannot expect bells and whistles of a high-end smartphone at a budget price.

In this post, we are going to find out the features present in the LG Tribute empire. So, Let’s get going –

Does LG Tribute Empire have IR Blaster?

I’ve noticed that IR Blaster is usually not found in LG Budget Android smartphones. It’s missing from Tribute Empire as well.

An IR Blaster / Infrared can replace remote control of your Home Appliance such as TV, AC, Fan, etc.

Does LG Tribute Empire have NFC?

NFC is getting more and more popular nowadays. It’s due to the flexibility of contactless and hassle-free payment via Android Pay.

Unfortunately, NFC is missing from the LG Tribute Empire.


I even tested with a 3rd party app and it says NFC is unsupported.

Does LG Tribute Empire have Screen Mirroring?

You can mirror an Android device to the TV via MHL or Miracast. MHL establishes a wired connection while Miracast is a wireless screen mirroring.

LG Tribute Empire lacks MHL as well as Miracast.  So what are our options?

We are left with 2 options in case of Tribute Empire for Screen Mirroring –

  • With Chromecast, it’s possible to mirror the Tribute Empire screen to a TV. As Chromecast uses its native Google Home App for screen mirroring it doesn’t matter if the Cast option is missing from the Phone.
  • If you’ve some other mirroring device such as Roku, Fire TV Stick, or an Android Smart TV you can download “Cast to TV”, screencasting app from the Play Store.


Does the LG Tribute Empire have a Fingerprint Scanner?

On many LG Android Smartphones, Power Button on the back doubles as a Fingerprint Sensor. Tribute Empire also comes with a Power Button on the back, but it lacks a Fingerprint Scanner.

I searched for “Fingerprint” in Settings without any success.

Does the LG Tribute Empire have Wireless Charging?

LG Tribute Empire lacks Qi or Wireless Charging. Being a budget phone it’s not that surprising.

The good news is that wireless charging can be turned on quite easily on a Tribute Empire. Check out the below post to enable wireless charging on the Tribute Empire –

LG Tribute Empire Wireless Charging

Does the LG Tribute Empire have Hotspot?

Tethering or Wifi Hotspot is present in LG Tribute Empire. You can share your Mobile Data with others via Hotspot.

Open Settings and select the “Network Tab”.

Look for “Tethering” and open it.


There are 3 options in Tethering.  USB Tethering, Wi-Fi hotspot & Bluetooth Tethering.

Tap “Wi-Fi Hotspot” as shown above.

Now hit “Set up Wi-Fi hotspot”.



Add your Hotspot password and click “SAVE”.

Now toggle on the Wi-Fi hotspot switch.

Wi-Fi hotspot is now active on the Tribute Empire.

Does the LG Tribute Empire have Expandable Memory?

The internal storage space on Tribute Empire is quite limited. Out of 16GB, hardly 8GB is left as the usable space.

The good news is that we can expand the storage space with a Micro SD Card.

Follow the above pictures to install a Memory Card on your Tribute Empire.


The SD Card can be accessed via Settings < General < SD Card as shown above.

Does the LG Tribute Empire have Face Recognition?

Tribute Empire comes with Face Recognition in the form of Smart Lock. The Trusted Face feature in the Smart Lock does the same job.

Go to Settings < General < Lock screen & security on your Tribute Empire.


Make sure you’ve already set a Primary Screen lock such as PIN or Pattern.

Now hit “Secure lock settings”

Open “Smart Lock” which is the last option on this page.

Hit the last option on the “Smart Lock” page, i.e. “Trusted face”.


Hit “SETUP” & “NEXT” as shown above.


Give access to requested app permissions and again hit “SETUP”.

Hit “NEXT” to add your face and tap “DONE” once your face is added for screen unlocking.

I’ve unlocked my Tribute Empire screen with Face Unlock.

Does LG Tribute Empire have Wifi Calling?

Tribute Empire does have Wi-Fi calling. With Wi-FI calling dropped calls can be reduced to a great extent.

There is a Wi-Fi calling shortcut in the navigation panel. Pull the navigation bar and tap “Wi-Fi Calling” to enable it.

Alternatively, you can enable it via Settings.


Go to Settings < Network Tab < Voice networks < Wifi Calling.

Slide the toggle to the on position.

Does LG Tribute Empire have Notification Light?

Notification LED is usually omitted from LG Budget smartphones. Tribute Empire is no exception.

I search for “LED” in settings but no results we found. On LG Stylo 4 the notification light is present by the name of Blink LED.

Does LG Tribute Empire have Video Calling?

The phone dialer on Tribute Empire doesn’t have a Video Calling option. For Video Calling there is a pre-installed Google Duo App on LG Empire.

The Google Duo app is located on the Home Screen as shown above.

Does LG Tribute have Flashlight?

The Main Camera on the Tribute Empire uses a Single-LED flash. This flash can be used as a Flashlight as well.

Pull down the notification bar and hit the “Flashlight” shortcut to turn it on.

A “Flashlight is on” notification appears on the screen. Tap on it to turn off the Flashlight.


Do you have any more questions about Tribute Empire? Feel free to leave a comment below.

LG Tribute Empire Dark Mode – How to turn on

The Dark Mode on LG Tribute Empire is like a Dark Theme with a Black Background. Some users prefer Dark Theme over the light one. The earlier versions of Android Upto ICS offered Dark background which was changed to white in Android Lollipop.

On your Tribute Empire running Android Oreo, we can easily enable the Dark Mode in 2 ways. Let’s find out with the help of the below screenshots –

How to turn on Dark Mode on LG Tribute Empire

We can turn on the dark mode by activating the maximum mode or by enabling the High Contrast screen.

First Method – Maximum Battery Saver Mode

LG Tribute Empire Dark Mode

Open “Settings” either from the home screen or by hitting the “settings icon” in the notification panel.


Dark Mode lg tribute empire

We are now in Settings.

Hit the “General Tab” and select “Battery” as shown above.

Now click on “Battery Saver”.

lg tribute empire maximum mode

There are 2 kinds of Battery Saver Modes – Extended & Maximum.

For Dark Mode, we need to enable the Maximum Mode.

You can see the Maximum Mode doubles the battery life as compared to the normal mode. Refer to the above screenshot.

Tap “Maximum” to enable this mode. It says to save battery, “phone performance will be reduced and some features will be restricted”.

When the confirmation pop-up appears hit “TURN ON” to enable dark mode.


In the Maximum Battery Saver Mode –

  • Vibration is disabled
  • Wifi, Bluetooth & Location Services are restricted
  • Background activity & Data is restricted
  • Maximum Brightness is reduced to 80%
  • Frame Rate is reduced

Tap “Edit Mode” if you wish to change something.


You can bring in some changes in Maximum mode as per your requirement. Any change is going to affect the rated battery life.

As long as the Battery Saver Mode remains enabled, it shows up in the notification bar.


This is how the Dark Mode looks like.

Even the Keyboard theme is changed.

To disable Dark Mode, Go to Settings < Battery < Battery Saver  & tap “Off” as shown above.

Second Method – High Contrast Screen

There is a second way to enable the Dark Mode on Tribute Empire.

Open Settings < General Tab < Accessibility as visible in the above screenshot.

On the Accessibility page, Select the first option i.e “Vision”.

Now look for “High contrast screen” and tap it to enable.

The High contrast screen disables Maximum Mode and the Current Theme.

Hit “TURN ON” to enable High Contrast Screen.


This Dark Mode looks similar to the Maximum Mode. The only difference is we don’t get an enhanced battery life.

To disable High Contrast Screen, Go to Settings < General < Accessibility < Vision and tap High Contrast Screen.


The Dark Mode in the form of Maximum Battery Saver Mode is more preferable and we get to double the battery life.


For any query related to an LG Tribute Device, feel free to leave a comment below.

LG Tribute Empire Antutu & Geekbench Benchmark Test – lmx220pm

LG Tribute Empire comes with a 1.5 GHz Mediatek Octa-Core with 2 GB RAM. Even though it’s an entry-level Mediatek Processor the Antutu and Geekbench results were quite good when tested.

In this post, we are going to put LG Tribute Empire against Tribute Royal, Tribute Dynasty, K30, K40 & Stylo 4. We are going to perform the 2 most popular Benchmark Tests which are Antutu and Geekbench.

First of all, let’s check out the benchmark scores of the Tribute Empire in the below screenshots –

LG Tribute Empire Antutu & Geekbench Test Results

Antutu Test Result

I have performed both the Antutu & Geekbench Test twice on Tribute Empire.

For a budget, Mediatek Processor 63000 looks like a decent Antutu score.

Geekbench Test Result

The Geekbench Single-Core score is not that impressive but the Multi-Core score looks good. Thanks to the Octa-Core Processor.

Now, Let’s put Tribute Empire against the competitors.

LG Tribute Empire vs Royal vs Dynasty Benchmark Test Result

Antutu Test

LG Empire vs Royal vs Dynasty (Left to Right)

LG Tribute Empire fares quite good in the Antutu test when compared to other Tribute Devices.

Tribute Dynasty is the predecessor to the Tribute Empire. It shares the same processor (Mediatek 1.5 GHz Octa-Core CPU)and both are almost identical. Both are running on Android Oreo 8.1.0.

Tribute Royal uses a more powerful 2.0 GHz Octa-Core processor.

They all have 2GB RAM.

Geekbench Test


LG Empire vs Royal vs Dynasty (Left to Right)

The Geekbench Single-Core score is almost the same but the Tribute Empire leads in the Multi-Core Score.

LG Tribute Empire vs LG K30 vs K40 Benchmark Test

 Antutu Scores

LG Empire vs LG K30 vs K40 (Left to Right)

As LG K40 uses a Snapdragon SDM450 1.8Ghz Octa-Core processor its leads the race in Antutu Score. This same CPU is present in LG Stylo 5.

Geekbench Scores


LG Empire vs LG K30 vs K40 (Left to Right)

K40 beats quite easily in the Geekbench Scores as well. You can check out the single-core and multi-core scores in the above screenshot.

LG Tribute Empire vs LG Stylo 4 Benchmark Test

Antutu Test Result

LG Empire vs LG Stylo 4 (Left to Right)

LG Stylo 4 uses the same processor as K40. As a result, it beats Tribute Empire by a huge margin in the benchmark test.

Geekbench Test Result

The same trend is followed in the Geekbench Test Result. Especially in the Multi-Core department.


Let’s summarize the test results in a tabular form for quick reference –

LG Tribute Empire 631526352612
LG Tribute Dynasty503625501487
LG Tribute Royal596446611884
LG K30 547275711437
LG K40 807827203676
LG Stylo 4 903047143693


You may also like the check out the detailed comparison between LG Tribute Empire, Royal & Dynasty –

LG Tribute Empire vs Royal vs Dynasty